A History of Art Deco Jewelry

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One of the most bold and dramatic eras of fashion was the period of art deco. Starting in the 1920s and spanning to the 1930s, the fashion of silver jewelry was a huge departure from the previous school of art: art nouveau. Where art nouveau jewelry Tiffany Set was centered on natural curvy lines and flowers and insects, art decorated jewelry focused on geometric shapes and were more intricate, due to advances in manufacturing technology. The people of the 1920's wanted art that expressed something new, something that fulfilled society's need for a new form of novelty in jewelry form.

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A History of Art Deco Jewelry One of the most bold and dramatic eras of fashion was the period of art deco. Starting in the 1920s and spanning to the 1930s, the fashion of silver jewelry was a huge departure from the previous school of art: art nouveau. Where art nouveau jewelry Tiffany Set was centered on natural curvy lines and flowers and insects, art decorated jewelry focused on geometric shapes and were more intricate, due to advances in manufacturing technology. The people of the 1920's wanted art that expressed something new, something that fulfilled society's need for a new form of novelty in jewelry form.

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The styles of design found in art decorated jewelry were a breath of fresh air to the public. For a time, the people were captivated with Egyptology, due to King Tiffany Sets Tutankhamun's tomb being discovered by Dr. Howard Carter, a British archeologist, in 1922. So great was the public's newfound fascination with Egypt, that there was a high demand for reproductions of King Tut's artifacts to be reproduced into jewelry pieces. A few examples of these would be amulets, scarabs, face masks of King Tutankhamum, snakes, along with various other unique items found within his tomb.

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But Egypt wasn't the only country to be used for inspiration for art deco jewelry. During the 1920s and 1930s, airplane travel helped bridge the continents and inspired more communication throughout the world, particularly Persia and India. Greater exposure to these countries wasn't lost on art deco jewelry. Tiffany Sets On Sale Hindu motifs were becoming more popular and sought out, as were the precious stones found in the area, such as: rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and pearls. As the maharajahs traveled to European cities, their style of jewelry was spread along the continent with them, and served to inspire art decorated jewelry in many ways.

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One of the technological advances that helped art deco jewelry come into form was bakelite, a plastic material. Mostly used in small appliances and telephones, bakelite was soon found to be an inexpensive way to manufacture jewelry. Bakelite could be colored and molded into small parts that was perfect for rings and bracelets. Instead of using pricy gemstones, a piece of bakelite can be molded and colored into just about any shape and hue. The most popular color were Tiffany Sets Sale shades of amber, but red, green, white and black were also common colors found in bakelite jewelry from the art deco jewelry period.

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One of the most sought-out art deco jewelry pieces are the engagement rings made during this period. Collectors have a hard time finding them, but the rings are well worth the time required to find them. Popular metals in use were white gold and platinum. These metals were contrasted with crystals and Tiffany Setting diamonds, both common in art deco jewelry, along with the inclusion of sapphires, emeralds, coral, turqoise and rubies. These rings made heavy use of symmetry, and were usually found to have strong geometric shapes, as well. For newly engaged couples, art deco rings are the most popular antique rings.

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